These are some of the earliest designs for Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, drawn by Hanna-Barbera superstar artist Ed Benedict.

Ed was the one who defined the early look of HB, working within the flat, graphic, “cartoon modern” style which was used quite a bit in the 50’s, the best examples of which would be UPA’s theatrical shorts and Ward Kimball’s “Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom” for Disney.

It’s interesting to see this iconic character start to take shape. You can learn more about Ed Benedict at John Kricfalusi’s blog.

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